Are you looking for something to do during March break? Do you like watching movies? If you want a memorable experience then come down to the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival running from March 9 to March 18.
TIFF, standing for Toronto International Film Festival, is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film. They host yearly film festivals that screen films from countries from all around the world and has made a difference in the way not only adults see film, but also changes the way that children see film.
TIFF recognizes that children are very important when it comes to the making of films, and as the viewing audience. That’s why they’ve created the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The focus of this festival is to focus on educating children and young adults about the art of film and how to apply messages learned in the films they screen in their daily lives. Young film-lovers from the ages of 3-13 are welcome to gather for the 21st edition of the festival as well as enjoy the selection of films being screened.
This year, the message that TIFF wants to bring to children is diverse protagonists. For many years, there has been a lack of representation of protagonists of all colour, race, and sexual orientation on screen. As our world becomes more diverse, the film industry also changes to represent all communities in our society. That’s why TIFF is helping to bring a world of different experience and understanding to children.
“I really hope that everyone walks away from our screenings with a better understanding, sort of about each other,” said Jennifer Barkin, senior programming manager of TIFF Kids. “The various differences that we all bring to the table and that being unique is an asset and that everyone brings something different, and through this, we have a better appreciation, and sort of understanding of each other.”
In 2018, TIFF has set the goal of bringing 50,000 kids to TIFF. Every child deserves a chance to explore the world of film. Each year, TIFF gives thousands of tickets to kids and families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have an experience like TIFF in their lives. Little Film Lovers is a new fundraiser event campaign to make it happen. Patrons are encouraged to share their favourite childhood film memory to pass it on to the next generation. This way, not only do thousands of children get to experience their first touch of movie magic, adults get the opportunity to relive their own.
TIFF Kids International Film Festival is a great place to go to enjoy beautiful films over March break and it’s a wonderful place to make family memories. Get some popcorn, put on your 3D glasses, and enjoy a show!
Here is a list of movies kids might enjoy based on age:
White Fang | dir. Alexandre Espigares | Luxembourg/France/USA | English Canadian Premiere
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Recommended for ages 3 and up
Maya the Bee – The Honey Games | dirs. Noel Cleary, Sergio Delfino | Canadian Premiere
Australia/Germany | English
Anchors Up – Boats to the Rescue | dirs. Simen Alsvik, William John Ashurst | Norway | English
Gordon and Paddy, dir. Linda Hambäck | Sweden | Swedish North American Premiere
Recommended for ages 4 and up
The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear | dirs. Philip Einstein Lipski, Jorgen Lerdam, North American Premiere
Amalie Næsby Fick | Denmark | Danish
Recommended for ages 6 and up
The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island | dirs. Daniel Chuba, Mark Dippé, Wonjae Lee | World Premiere
USA/South Korea/Colombia/Guatemala | English
Recommended for ages 7 and up
Nelly & Simon: Mission Yeti | dirs. Nancy Florence Savard, Pierre Greco |
Canada | French
Next Door Spy | dir. Karla Von Bengtson | Denmark | Danish Canadian Premiere
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Supa Modo | dir. Likarion Wainaina | Germany/Kenya | Swahili North American Premiere
Children of Genghis | dir. Zolbayar Dorj | Mongolia | Mongolian Canadian Premiere
DHH | dir. Manish Saini | India | Gujarati, Hindi Canadian Premiere
Lotte & Luise: Twins on Board | dir. Lancelot von Naso | Germany | German Canadian Premiere
Recommended for ages 9 and up
Double Trouble | dir. Marta Karwowska | Poland | Polish International Premiere
The Famous Five And The Valley Of Dinosaurs | dir. Mike Marzuk | Germany | International Premiere
The Witch Hunters | dir. Rasko Miljkovic | Serbia/Macedonia | Serbian World Premiere
Rosie & Moussa | dir. Dorothée van den Berghe | Belgium | Dutch Toronto Premiere
Ballad from Tibet | dir. Zhang Wei | China | Chinese, Tibetan Toronto Premiere
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Zoo | dir. Colin McIvor | Ireland/United Kingdom | English Canadian Premiere
The Breadwinner | dir. Nora Twomey | Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg | English
Rock My Heart | dir. Hanno Olderdissen | Germany | German International Premiere
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Almost Famous | dir. Marco Carmel | Israel | Hebrew International Premiere
Zombillenium | dirs. Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord | France/Belgium | French Toronto Premiere